James Gunn took to Twitter following the announcement that he had been rehired by Disney to helm ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’ after his termination last year. This news was greeted with joy by the legion of fans who loved his first two ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films. Despite the support of fans, the cast and crew, and his fellow directors, Disney seemed unwavering in their decision to no longer be associated with Gunn, so the announcement that he was coming back was an unexpected, but welcome shock.
Gunn kept things humble in his latest tweet, simply thanking those who had supported him through the past several months.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2019
Gunn moved on, producing ‘BrightBurn’ a Superman-esque horror movie penned by his brother and cousin, and writing and directing Warner Brothers ‘The Suicide Squad’, a sequel to a movie that borrowed heavily from Gunn’s ‘Guardians’ in tone and set-up. Gunn will not leave ‘The Suicide Squad’. Work on ‘Guardians 3’ will begin after he completes that project. Gunn had already submitted the first draft of the ‘Guardians 3’ script before his firing, so hopefully, that means that fans won’t have to wait too long for his triumphant return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Gunn was fired when individuals who opposed his liberal political views tweet bombed Disney with screen caps of old jokes that Gunn had tweeted ten years prior. Among the subjects of his humor were rape, pedophilia, 9/11, and the Holocaust. Disney cut ties because it was determined that these statements were not in keeping with its family image, even though the jokes were a. not funny, and b. not offensive. (Basically, they were edgy dad jokes.)
After letting Gunn go, Disney was flooded with vocal support from fans and professionals and was unable to replace him due to other directors refusing to take the job out of solidarity.
This should be a win-win. Disney gets its third ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie, and fans get Gunn’s original vision– not someone else doing a pale imitation or a bastardization of his vision.
Are you happy to have Gunn back to complete the trilogy?